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El Cholo Restaurant

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Central L.A)
(323) 734-2773
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Ranked #317 of 8,570 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Pine Grove, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

Located right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles is El Cholo Restaurant purported to be the oldest restaurant in California. The atmosphere is delightful and the walls are lined with historic pictures of the Restaurant and family who started it in earlier days. The menu offered the typical Mexican food that would be expected. The service was a little... More

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Berthoud, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

TIP - walk thru the restaurant to the huge bar in the back - this is the place to be! Awesome atmosphere, great chips and salsa, large and tasty meals. This place is so much better than the LA Live area for an authentic local landmark. It can be packed on game days, but well worth the wait

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West Covina, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

They have a great happy hour and it is not overprices as compared to the places at LA Live. We like to go here before NBA games or concerts. They have the best taquitos and the prices are fair. The service is great and the margaritas are very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Chad, from The Ambrose Hotel, asked us if we needed a ride anywhere as we were heading out of the hotel for dinner. He told us it was GREAT place but that it was a bit of walk. He offered to drive us there. We were not disappointed! Had a lovely meal on the patio. Our server was very helpful... More

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Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This place is a real piece of Los Angeles' Mexican-American history, as it is LA's oldest Mexican restaurant, so old that when it opened it was known as a "Spanish" restaurant. Its beautiful, homelike interior is a wonderful place to relax after a day of sightseeing or work. Since El Cholo is the birthplace of the grand tradition of nachos,... More

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Ventura, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

5pm on a weekend after Grammy Museum visit: The Old Mexican Hacienda, El Cholo, across the parking lot looked inviting. We were welcomed warmly & given several rounds of 'sample' tequila shots while waiting to be seated. When we were seated in a lovely garden patio with misters to ease the heat we all marveled at the lightning speed with... More

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Huntington Beach
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food was average. Service very lethargic! Requested additional salsa but arrived after half of my food was consumed. The place was not very busy to account for this. I have been a regular customer since 1969! The quality is not what it used to be. The menu proces are very high. On top of this, there is no self parking.... More

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Pismo Beach, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We have loved El Cholo for years. Now that we live 4 hours away it's truly a treat to go back when we visit LA. This time was no exception. The Margaritas are fantastic. I had a Cadillac Margarita and they serve it with a shooter of Grand Marnier on the side to add in yourself. Be sure to ask... More

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Top Contributor
736 reviews 736 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I would not say that El Cholo's offers the best Mexican food in L.A., but the food is really good and it is a really fun dining experience. Great decor. Primo margaritas. And if you have a yen for something not on the menu, ask for it. There is a secret menu.

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Seattle, Washington
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163 reviews 163 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

LA seems to have pretty low standards in restaurants. This place is an LA legend, but would be very average in Seattle or SF. Prices were a bit higher than such places in other cities. Perfectly okay food, but not all that special.

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